Italian-born Renzo Piano is one of most exceptional and iconoclastic architects from his generation. He has been involved in a series of much debated and high-profile projects including his Centre Pompidou in Paris and most recently The Shard in London. Piano is known for his distinct high-tech aesthetic and ceaseless exploration of structural complexity.
The Hepworth Wakefield, named after English sculptur Barbara Hepworth who was born in Wakefield in 1903, is located in the historic waterfront area on the banks of the River Calder south of Wakefield City Centre.
A single quiet and tranquil room that resembles a forest, filled with soft light and a feeling of openness reminiscent of the outdoors.
The museum emerges from the landscape as a single, curving concrete wall that splits and carves into the ground to form the entry.
The museum occupies a central position in the building and also in the project's origin, setting the goals in the overall building organization.